The Administration's Broad New Wiretapping Powers
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George Bush may be a lame-duck who’s low in the polls, but he appears to have out maneuvered the new Democratic majority—just as the House and Senate were getting ready to go on vacation.
After months of quiet negotiations, Democrats and the Bush White house reportedly were close to a deal on the controversy between electronic surveillance of terrorists and the privacy rights of innocent Americans. Then—just as Congress was about to adjourn—the White House made new demands. Despite Democratic majorities, both houses passed legislation Speaker Nancy Pelosi calls “unacceptable.”
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